07/09/06 9:54 PM ET
Legends, celebs don softball spikes
From Reiner to Mazeroski, annual event a hit at PNC Park
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
Softball, then acting: "That '70s Show's" Danny Masterson is quoted on the Web site imdb.com as saying, "If I could make millions of dollars being a professional softball player, I would quit acting in a second."Really? "Absolutely," he said prior to taking the field for the celeb team on Sunday. "But I've got to pay the bills. Softball can't do it. Although I got a free glove, and this jersey's probably worth about 30 bucks." Masterson, a native New Yorker and Yankees fan, fancies himself as a pretty good softball player. "I play in three softball leagues in L.A.," he said. "Really good leagues. In New York, we just play in the park." The Wiz: Smith, the beloved former shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals, has been a regular presence in this annual game. He never tires of it, mainly because he's reunited with several former players who were his contemporaries on the field, like Gary Carter, Dave Winfield and Dave Parker, all of whom played in Sunday's game. Smith visited the site of the Pirates' old ballpark, Forbes Field, earlier in the day. He was taken by the historic feel, but he also was duly impressed with the Bucs' current digs at PNC Park. "I came through the tunnel entering the city [on Saturday], and I didn't know where they situated the field," he said. "It's special. I've seen most of the new parks, and this ranks right up there with them." Position switch: Rollie Fingers became a Hall of Famer because of his pitching, but on Sunday, he took a different route. "I'm going to be playing right field tonight, because I don't want any part of that mound anymore," he said. When asked what his best memory was from his seven All-Star Games, he replied: "Getting out alive, because I was terrible." Memories: Former Red Sox All-Star outfielder Fred Lynn hit the first grand slam in All-Star history. He didn't care to dwell on that stat, especially while he was watching Hall of Famer Winfield warming up as the pitcher for the opposing team. "The last time I faced that guy was in the 1972 College World Series," Lynn said. Indeed. That year, Lynn played for the University of Southern California, while Winfield was a pitcher for the University of Minnesota.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.